Inside Timothy Corrigan’s Château du Grand-Lucé | Architectural Digest



hi I'm Timothy Corrigan and I'm so excited to tell you about my home in the French countryside chateau de gran would say I owned another chateau in the Lower Valley and I always driven by the chateau de grande roue saying and I always loved it because it's considered one of the finest pieces of neoclassical architecture in France and it was really largely unrestored since the Second World War so there was no electricity there was no plumbing there was the outside structure but the inside was really untouched renovation in France is ours a tricky thing particularly when you've got a building like this which is a national landmark for example I wanted to put a swimming pool in and they said oh no no no no Fred Chateau has a swimming pool so there was a lovely round reflecting pond that I said Oh cheap cracked and so all of a sudden that reflecting pond became much bigger round circle and a much deeper pond and all of a sudden became a heated swimming pool there are certain rooms where drama is really key and I think the dining room is one of them you're not in a dining room for that long so you can actually go for some real wow factor and that's really what I tried to do it was actually it was one of the few rooms that needed a very little restoration other than adding electricity and paint so as soon as we got the electricity done I thought let's paint the room and it all looked great for a couple months but then all of a sudden the paint literally started rolling off the walls and it was it was quite a staggering thing to watch sheets almost like wallpaper of paint just rolling off the walls and that's when we learned that you actually can't use traditional paint on 18th century paneling like this we have 14 guest rooms in my bedroom and there are still a couple more to do in the main chateau but I wanted to make it not feel like it was a hotel and so I consciously decided to decorate each room as if a different person we're staying in there so in one room I sort of imagined gee what if Virginia Woolf we're staying here in another room what if a French general we're staying here so each room has its own personality its own theme its own sense of color whenever I start a new project with the client I talked them about how they live how they use their rooms how they want to use their rooms do you feel comfortable putting your feet up on a table do you feel okay putting a glass down on a table and not worrying that it's going to leave a mark I think when you live in a space that's too precious it's too perfect you don't feel comfortable and I think that's really informed the whole way that I designed today is that if a room is beautiful but not comfortable it's not successful to me there's no place that I love being more than at the Chateau it truly is a place of peace and a nurturing place for me and I so I think it's really becomes a place that I find my truest self and its place that I bring all my family and friends one friend designer who came and said literally said well this is truly the schmancy applies I've ever stayed she said but it's also the most comfortable it truly reminds me from it as a designer that while this home may be a chateau there are things there that I've learned that I can translate as a designer to any home anywhere and I think that makes it such a rich place to live you

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  • Tiger Cub

    April 15, 2019

    Why not disclose what type of paint (sealer & chemistry makeup) of the paint needed to cover the old wall's?
    I'd think they would have used a great sealer/primer like Kilz. As a blocker for any possible issues with the old wall's, such as lime or other reactive ingredients & coatings.
    If you did discuss this matter, but chose to edit out that clip, I would appreciate knowing what worked to for this designer. Thank you. Je sui yellow bee! Vive La France!

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  • Zinzi Bam

    April 15, 2019

    Extremely gorgeous I love how the rooms have their own theme going on and the pool is amazing

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  • DMM

    April 15, 2019

    "You're not in a dining room for that long." Has this guy ever had a real meal in France??

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  • Melissa Roy

    April 15, 2019

    I wonder what the significance of the miniature obelisks in each room is!

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  • Healthy Halle

    April 15, 2019

    Home swimming pools are incredibly tacky and nouveau riche! I hope the next owner restores the reflecting pool.

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  • AlishaChinaiOfficial

    April 15, 2019

    Breathtakingly… Amazing …. Heaven on Earth n the Restoration is Unbelievably Gorgeous takes you back in time!?!????

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  • Charlotte Reich

    April 15, 2019

    ??????

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  • Adelaide Abashov

    April 15, 2019

    Ahways

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  • Lauren Bee

    April 15, 2019

    How lovely!

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  • crazzi-j north

    April 15, 2019

    So does he often have every single light on in the house just so it looks good lol

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  • Steve Bailey

    April 15, 2019

    Obviously he has money but he really has taste too – it's eye popping but it is somewhere I'd love to live (which isn't always the case with these ultra high net worth type properties).

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  • Chris P

    April 15, 2019

    Tranquility!

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  • Ross Well

    April 15, 2019

    Disgusting that one person could live like this whilst people starve on the streets

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  • ian1856

    April 15, 2019

    Mr. Corrigan seems like a genuinely lovely person; and, my God, does he have exquisite taste! Absolutely beautiful renovation.

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  • Lisa Isabelle

    April 15, 2019

    So happy this château ended in the hands of this man with impeccable taste. What he envisioned is absolutely stunning! The only downside is turning the pond into a pool… that was a mistake.

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  • Not Even Wrong

    April 15, 2019

    He should smile more, I think 🙂

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  • SYDNEY HI

    April 15, 2019

    TACKY

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  • enriqueali

    April 15, 2019

    I can't begin to imagine the running costs of a place like.that! The heating alone must be astronomical! ???

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  • WOWCruiser

    April 15, 2019

    I'm moving on to hunky guys doing flexing videos now!!! ????

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  • Todd

    April 15, 2019

    I would like to just see the colors feel the fabrics and just experience the design. Beautiful

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  • StoptheWars

    April 15, 2019

    @1:23 The wood paneling was painted pink? Then, the paint just peeled off; as if the house itself had better sense. Soft white would use the light much better, and be more in keeping with history.

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  • Ronald Kell

    April 15, 2019

    Was here for a wonderful wedding and it truly is magnificent and comfortable. Grand to say the least. Loved it plus the staff was amazing also. What a wonderful place for a wedding.

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  • MT Yankin

    April 15, 2019

    He's done an excellent job renovating this chateau – still grand but very livable.

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  • John Scanlan

    April 15, 2019

    Who is this guy?

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  • Catherine Malian

    April 15, 2019

    Crstvfainevdtrdtdbingout

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  • Catherine Malian

    April 15, 2019

    Crdtrsclsuttrlunineyc

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  • ChopStickZero

    April 15, 2019

    Dayum, I would love to see the bills for this place just out of curiosity, I wonder how much is cost to run a month or a year.

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  • neo5kali

    April 15, 2019

    Wowie! Gorgeous home.

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  • Peter N

    April 15, 2019

    Spectacular…

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  • Cole

    April 15, 2019

    It's funny how his history online does not go back any farther that 1996. His humble or not so humble origins are not anywhere to be seen online nor is his networth. I've known many designers in my life who are comfortable but rarely ones with enough cash to spend on a French Chateau and have other dwellings. Is this all self made only within the interior design industry or did he already come from a privileged family? Did he marry well? And if this is solely from his interior design work then how did he develop his client base? I guess his career in marketing before design served him well. I'll have to really look into his design work though and see if it really merits all his monetary gains 😉

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  • aurélie

    April 15, 2019

    wow, this is stunning!

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  • Samantha Arnold

    April 15, 2019

    did anyone else read this as timothée chalamet at first?

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  • Joanna Henwood

    April 15, 2019

    This is just gorgeous – my dream home! 🙂

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